News in Brief 04 May 2016 (PM)

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Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. UN Photo/Elma Ocik

Yemen peace talks resume

Direct talks between the parties to the conflict in Yemen have resumed in Kuwait following a three-day suspension, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

UN Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed is overseeing the ongoing process which seeks to bring an end to fighting between government forces and Houthi rebels that has killed more than 6,000 people and displaced 2.4 million.

The talks were suspended on Sunday after the Government delegation's departure over the takeover of one its military bases.

The UN reported that the sides held discussions on Wednesday morning.

They also agreed on the creation of three committees looking into political issues, military and security issues, and the question of prisoners.

South Sudan: New government urged to end "cycles of violence"

South Sudan's new transitional coalition government is being urged to end the "cycles of violence" that have killed tens of thousands of citizens over the past two years.

The appeal was made by the UN Security Council in a statement on Wednesday welcoming the government's formation as "an important milestone" in the implementation of a 2015 peace agreement.

Council members called on the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGNU) to fully implement outstanding provisions of the accord, including those related to governance, elections and a permanent ceasefire.

The Transitional Government of National Unity was sworn in during a ceremony in the capital, Juba, on Friday.

Guide supports classroom discussions on preventing violent extremism

A guide to help teachers lead conversations on how to prevent violent extremism has been launched by the UN cultural agency, UNESCO.

The publication seeks to help educators create a classroom environment that is inclusive and conducive to respectful dialogue, open discussion and critical thinking.

It also includes recommendations for responses to frequently asked questions.

The guide was developed following countries’ requests for assistance in strengthening their educational systems' responses to violent extremism.

UNESCO will release a second guidance document later this year targeting policy makers in Ministries of Education.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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